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Words have power By Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, ESQ., NCARB, ORSA A CCA white paper submitted April 18, 2019 Misuse of terms in agreements and other construction industry documents include referring to a design professional as a “Contractor,” and misusing the word “all” when it has the effect of expanding the subject in a sentence. Your client is requiring that your design firm sign their version of an Owner-A/E agreement. The Owner’s agreement states your firm will be referred throughout the document as the “Contractor.” Why does this happen, and does it matter? Many clients have engaged construction contractors for property improvements in the past, ...
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Attendees network at the Symposium reception at AIA National. Image: Emma Tucker Discussion and strategy sharing take focus at Innovation Day symposium By Jeff Reynolds, AIA On March 11, the Construction Contract Administration knowledge community hosted its inaugural symposium at the AIA National Headquarters in Washington, DC. The advertised focus of the event was to explore the ways that technology is influencing the entire building delivery process. However, much like architecture practice, bringing an array of ideas and backgrounds together led to some great discussion on the symposium sessions, and general construction phase services for design ...
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When updating a home to be more senior-friendly, there are many things that you need to consider. From kitchen conveniences to senior-friendly bathroom fixture, many of the changes that need to be done should be done right. Here are some novel ideas for you to consider when preparing your home or your loved one’s for aging in place. If you are considering other options search for assisted living facility near me to find out more. Step into A Plucky New World   In the perfect world, seniors live in single-story homes with no-rise entries or in mansions with functioning elevators. However, that is not the reality for most of us. ...
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In Texas, there are many different home appliance service companies that you can choose to get your appliances from. Especially, when you move into a brand new home, one always wants to ensure the appliances that they end up buying will last them a very extended period. However, that does not always seem to happen, which is why it is important to go with a company that will provide you with excellent Texas onsite appliance repair services. The bad news is that many customers do not know what these services are, which is why they do not end up using them. Residential Appliance Repair Services When you end up having a home appliance that is not working ...
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photo credit: Jay Gullion   Interfaith Design’s Knowledge Resources Committee is pleased to present a series of monthly case studies based on selected award winners from the annual Faith and Form/Interfaith Design International Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards. Please enjoy and share! The rolling hills of the northern Ohio Valley, along the western Appalachians, are home to some of the oldest farming communities in the United States. St. Mary’s Chapel, in the rural hamlet of Lafferty, emerges from one of those hills, comfortably residing as a contemporary piece of architecture rooted in its place . When fire consumed ...
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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. You can blend it at home, but what if your home gives you lemons as well? We understand that it can be stressful to create a home you have always dreamed of, and your budget isn’t giving you a break. So, you have been watching design shows , and they look easy and simple because it’s on TV, but it doesn’t seem to be helpful. Creating out a décor that excites you is crucial, and we have these eight home décor hacks that you can apply on a tight budget. 1. Old Necklaces to Tie Back Your Curtains Sometimes you have to be creative to save at least some cents. You have to scratch where your hand can reach. ...
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Ground-penetrating radar is a method used to help locate, identify, and label underground utilities. These can be wastewater pipes, traffic lights, electric grids, natural gas, fiber optics, and telephone lines.  Companies use various detection and location methods for a vast number of underground lines.  Of all the detection methods employed, ground-penetrating radar is considered the safest way to detect underground lines.   Understanding Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) GPR is a detection method that uses radar pulses to detect and create an image of the subsurface. The technology used capable of generating 3D images of underground power, ...
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When it comes to vacation rental homes, location isn’t everything, despite the popular belief. The main difference between rental homes which are always fully booked and the ones that are always available is in their design. Before making the booking, people take a good look at the photos and opt for the place where they can picture themselves. Space should look inviting, well-equipped, comfortable and full of light. Here are a couple of tips on how to achieve that effect and have your rental home booked all season. Introduce some order Or to put it in another way, get rid of everything that is not necessary. The space you are renting must appear clean ...
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how to dog-proof our homes by keeping all cables, potential poisons, and any other harmful objects out of reach, but how do you make sure that your garden is safe too? After all, your dog is likely going to spend a lot of time outside playing or using the toilet. We’ve put together some top tips for dog-proofing your outdoor space. #1. Check for Potential Escape Routes: The last thing that you want is for your new dog to get out and end up lost. This is especially important for a dog who’s just moved to your home as they may not have been able to mark their way home on walks just yet, but any dog can get lost regardless of how long they have lived somewhere. ...
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Bitcoin isn’t owned by anyone much like email. Anyone may use it but there is no single company that has ownership of it. Bitcoin transactions cannot be reversed which means that neither banks nor the government can stop people from sending or receiving bitcoins. However, with this freedom comes great responsibility. The price of bitcoins is determined by the laws of supply and demand. Safety of transacting You will not need you ID to exchange, as it is totally private. Clients card details are not stored and all security requirements of the standard PCI DSS level 1 are met. How can you buy Bitcoin for cash Hryvnia? In Ukraine, the first official ...
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The Architect's Newspaper 3rd annual TECHplusExpo.com/nyc/ NYC 6/13 @New York Academy of Sciences, 7WTC. Great lineup: Morning Keynote Dr. Andrea Chegut/ Director of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab INDUSTRY KEYNOTE Navigating the Changing Landscape of AEC Technology James Vandezande/HOK Optimizing Workflow & Collaboration | BIM, Revit + New Tools that Deliver your Project Seamlessly From design and prefabrication to construction, learn how to create a lean and productive chain throughout the project lifecycle. Ayse Polat/Turner Construction ...
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The Architect's Newspaper 3rd annual TECHplusExpo.com/nyc/ NYC 6/13 @New York Academy of Sciences, 7WTC. Great lineup: Morning Keynote Dr. Andrea Chegut/ Director of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab INDUSTRY KEYNOTE Navigating the Changing Landscape of AEC Technology James Vandezande/HOK Optimizing Workflow & Collaboration | BIM, Revit + New Tools that Deliver your Project Seamlessly From design and prefabrication to construction, learn how to create a lean and productive chain throughout the project lifecycle. Ayse Polat/Turner Construction ,  Russ Manning/U Penn ,  Dan Gallivan/Payette ...
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The Architect's Newspaper 3rd annual TECHplusExpo.com/nyc/ NYC 6/13 @New York Academy of Sciences, 7WTC. Great lineup: Morning Keynote Dr. Andrea Chegut/ Director of the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab INDUSTRY KEYNOTE Navigating the Changing Landscape of AEC Technology James Vandezande/HOK Optimizing Workflow & Collaboration | BIM, Revit + New Tools that Deliver your Project Seamlessly From design and prefabrication to construction, learn how to create a lean and productive chain throughout the project lifecycle. Ayse Polat/Turner Construction ...
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Guest Post By Kim Schafer, founder and partner of Community Bell Advocates, LLC   photo credit Christopher Chung Introduction Bells are not only hidden signalers inside distinctive architectural features—towers—but also the usual reason for the tower’s design. Our mission at Community Bell Advocates, LLC is to recognize bells as an integral element of tower architecture and a critical component in connecting listeners to their shared histories, values, and communities. Too many tower bells are in disrepair, neglected or forgotten altogether. We aim to revitalize these bells and encourage the installation of new ones through consultation, education, ...
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Despite the impression that our planet is suffering from all kinds of environmental issues, the good thing about living at this age is the fact that there has never been a greater number of environmentally friendly solutions and people willing to try them out. One of them is helping energy conservation by using renewable energy sources to power your home. Not only are they making our homes “greener”, but they’re reducing our energy bills, too. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common ways to save energy. Wind turbines The power of the wind is eternal, and if you’re living in a windy area, you’ll be glad you’re finally using its power for something ...
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I am honored to serve as your 2019 Small Firm Exchange (SFx) national committee chair and to lead a team of 20 dedicated regional representatives to support the needs of AIA’s small firm practitioners. We are a conduit between the larger institute and your local needs and we're here to help your practice prosper. We held our annual meeting in February this year at the AIA headquarters in DC to meet with department stakeholders and staff. We discussed and aligned our committee structures with the national AIA Operating Plan and re-structured our workgroups in the areas of Practice, Influence, Conference, and Outreach. Our regional representatives aligned ...
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Energy conservation and environmental protection aren’t some unachievable goals. With our tips on sustainability, you’ll have reduced your carbon footprint in no time! All it takes is a bit of your time and money, but don’t worry. These adjustments will literally pay off through reduced utility bills. So, here is what needs doing. Kitchen Hacks You may or may not like our first proposition, but it is absolutely necessary. In order to preserve more energy, you have to invest in new kitchen appliances (dishwasher in particular). Energy efficient dishwashers of the latest generation are not only saving electrical energy, but their soil sensors detect just ...
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I’m guessing your house is the exceptional house in the neighborhood for all the wrong reasons and are looking to get rid of it as soon as possible. If that’s true, there are ways of selling your worn-out house in order to move to a new one. At first, selling the house in its bad shape could look impossible, hence, you may get tempted to make necessary repairs in order to make the house market-worthy. Sometimes accessing the cost and making the repairs on your own could prove cumbersome and very expensive. Considering the fact that you may not be able to recoup all your expenses when the house is finally sold. The Way Forward Chances are that ...
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The everlasting battle: how to achieve the perfect ratio between how much you are willing to invest, and how much the property is worth. Or, even better: how to scare all at the competition away and still get the lowest price possible. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but it doesn’t have to be. Just prepare yourself well before you enter the auctioning arena by following our practical tips. Do your homework Prior to any of the upcoming pieces of advice, it’s essential that you do proper research about the real estate you are planning to buy. Check the prices in the neighborhood and look for any red flags, i.e. if the starting price is much lower or higher ...
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